- Maintain a strong one-to-one relationship with each child.
- Provide safe ways to communicate worries other than by talking about them. This could be through mark-making, puppetry or making up stories.
- Model a rich 'feelings' vocabulary; anxious, afraid, confused, embarrassed. Putting them with facial expressions helps children to learn that everyone has feelings.
- Encourage toddlers to empathise by 'translating' the body language and feelings of other children.
- Ensure that children see both men and women engaging in caring and helping roles and getting along well.
- Be a good role model and always show the behaviour that you expect.
- Identify unique and special traits in each child and tell them about it. (see the 'I love you the purplest' activity in Febraury planning.)
- Display delight and wonder at the little things in life, like a sunny day.
- Provide sensory actvities indoors and out to aid stress relief.
- Connect children to nature whenever possible - resarch has shown that experiencing the natural rythms build a sense of attachment and security in children.
- Have a pet - they provide unconditional love for children!
- Make plenty of time for free play - children use play to make sense of he world around them.
- Give children choices to provide them with a sense of control.
- Let children help with preparing food, serving drinks, watering plants etc - this makes them realise that they do make a positive difference.
- Maintain a predictable routine - this doesn't mean always having lunch bang on twelve o clock, but does mean always setting the same table and serving in the same way; recognisbale routines help children to feel safe and secure.
- Provide an uncluttered learning space to help children concentrate.
- Provide fewer resoures at any one time by rotating them, to avoid over-stimulating children.
- Create small cosy spaces indoors and out.
- Use postitive discipline; work on resolving conflicts with the children.
There are many elements that I do already, but some that I would like to introduce and some I am tussling a little with to think of ways that I could incorporate the ideas into a home-setting.
One thing that I do well already is: delight and wonder at little things.
One thing to start tomorrow is: provide fewer resources out at one time.
One thing to think and plan for is: making cosy spaces indoors and out.